Are homelessness prevention schemes actually working? To find out, we need more person-specific data, experts say

Why It Matters

Data can give shelters greater transparency on who is using their services, but there is still a severe lack of information about some of the reasons that people become homeless in the first instance. That means that at present, data is mainly helping the sector ‘react’ to those experiencing homelessness, rather than actively moving to prevent it.

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Here’s the new online portal that is building awareness around giving and volunteering data in Canada

Why It Matters

For years, charities and non-profits have had to interpret raw Statistics Canada data on their own. Increased access to in-depth analysis allows organizations to better access and utilize scarce resources.

Finding real-time data on Canada’s charitable sector is impossible. This major research project will change that.

Why It Matters

There is plenty of data about the charitable sector, but it is rarely published in real-time – making it impossible for policymakers, funders and charity leaders to understand crucial trends.

Three ways COVID response could have been better with (more) disaggregated data

Why It Matters

Disaggregated data makes the intersectional nature of the COVID-19 pandemic painfully obvious, but many social purpose organizations don’t have access to critical information – or don’t know what to do with it.

The pandemic has shifted how (and why) organizations collect data. These non-profit leaders will tell you exactly how.

Why It Matters

As the coronavirus puts pressure on non-profits to respond to a demand in services, many who work in the sector believe changing what data they gather from clients will enable them to provide better services and ensure that some of the most vulnerable are supported during the pandemic.